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Buckeyes Media Day, Bowl Prep for CFP Thursday, December 26

Buckeyes meet with both local and national media at Fiesta Bowl Media Day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Thursday, under thick, overcast skies and temperatures in the low 50s once again in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Buckeyes continued preparations for Saturday’s College Football Playoff Semifinal vs. Clemson with their fifth practice at Notre Dame Prep.

 

The 13-period workout was the final full practice before kickoff on Saturday night, which is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET at State Farm Stadium. ESPN will broadcast to a national audience with Kirk Herbstreit and   Chris Fowler and Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor on the sidelines. Tomorrow, the Buckeyes will have their usual “Best Friday’s In Football” routine, which includes a walk-through and several opportunities for rest and relaxation in the final 24 hours before game time.

 

On Thursday morning, the Buckeyes participated in Fiesta Bowl Media Day, which occurred this year at the Camelback Inn Resort. All 106 players who are currently with the team on the trip attended. As would be expected, the room was filled with both local Columbus and statewide media from Ohio, and national writers from all the major outlets. Toward the end of the hour-long session, the players had a chance to take control on the microphones – Jonathon Cooper, for example, interviewed his teammates for NBC4-WCMH while Jonah Jackson was given the chance to take the interview reigns on behalf of ESPN. The results? Assuredly, it was pure TV “gold, Jerry, golf,” to quote Kenny Bania from the Sienfeld series.

 

The Big Ten Network broadcast live from media day and caught up with head coach Ryan Day along with players such as Malik HarrisonBaron BrowningChris OlaveJustin FieldsChase Young and Josh Myers. BTN will have more coverage in the coming days live on site in Arizona, including coverage of tomorrow’s coaches press conference at 10:30 a.m. ET and BTN Live from State Farm Stadium on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. ET.

 

“I’ve got a good feeling right now about our team,” Day told Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. “I think they’re going to play really, really hard. We’ve done a good job preparing. We’re not there yet but we’ve had a really good week of practice. Early on the game will be moving fast and furious so we have to be ready for that. We’re in a good place right now and ready to go.”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Ohio State Buckeyes status report for Game 14 vs. Clemson

Ohio State vs. Clemson – Saturday, Dec. 28 – State Farm Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

Game-Time Decision

 

Unavailable

§  WR Kamryn Babb

§  RB Marcus Crowley

§  OG Gavin Cupp

§  DL Noah Donald

§  WR Ellijah Gardiner

§  SAF Ronnie Hickman

§  WR C.J. Saunders

§  DT Taron Vincent

 

STATUS REPORT WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig, COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Fiesta Bowl News: Buckeyes spend time with children going Christmas shopping

“Shop with a Jock”
After Monday’s practice, about 40 members of the team, including P Drue Chrisman, WR Garrett Wilson and DE Zach Harrison, took part in a community service event at Dick’s Sporting Goods that partnered them with a child affiliated with Child Crisis Arizona. The athletes shopped with their new friend for clothes, toys and sports equipment to help ensure this holiday season is a special one for these children in need.

Child Crisis Arizona provides intervention, prevention and education programs designed to support thousands of at-risk youth and families. It serves 6,500 individuals each year, most of whom are children, and provides approximately 78,000 nights of safe sleep for children in need.

“It’s rewarding to take part in events like this because it’s a reminder that not everyone is as fortunate as we are,” said Harrison. “I love doing this. I love being able to put a smile on a kid’s face. It’s very rewarding.”

Dicks Sporting Goods and the Fiesta Bowl Charities contributed 50 percent each in order to give the children $200 to spend on any items in the store. The players helped them pick out clothes, try on shoes and test out athletic equipment, among other things.

Mostly, though, the player’s presence was more than enough to brighten the holiday season. Cornerback Darryl Sinclair, who was paired with a young girl named Melissa, said it best: “I didn’t want to leave her,” he said while getting back on the bus at the conclusion of the event.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

CFP at the Fiesta Bowl, Defending champion #3 Clemson vs. #2 Ohio State (Buckeyes Game Notes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson  •  Saturday, Dec. 28  •  8 p.m.  •  State Farm Stadium; Glendale, AZ

TV: ESPN • Play-by-Play: Chris Fowler • Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit • Sidelines: Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor

A berth in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game is on the line as Ohio State and Clemson do battle in this year’s PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Big Ten Champion Ohio State, 13-0 on the season and winners of 19-straight games dating back to last season, will look to win its 2nd College Football Playoff Semifinal when it meets ACC Champion Clemson (13-0) on Saturday night at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The game features two of the country’s best offenses and defenses: Ohio State is powered the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense (48.7 points/game) and No. 2 scoring defense (12.5 points/game), while Clemson boasts the nation’s No. 4 scoring offense (46.5 points/game) and No. 1 scoring defense (10.6 points/game). Additionally, both teams have combined to rank among the Top 5 nationally in 21 major NCAA statistical rankings.

The Nation’s Two Longest Winning Streaks Collide

Ohio State, Big Ten champions for the third straight year, bring in a 19-game winning streak while defending national champion Clemson has won 28 straight. Both teams have been impressive on both sides of the ball this year: the Buckeyes and Tigers are the only two teams that rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense, scoring defense, total offense and total defense.

The Buckeyes and the New Year’s Six

  • The 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will be Ohio State’s third appearance in the College Football Playoff, which is the fourth most of any program in the country.
  • Ohio State is the only team to appear in a CFP or New Year’s Six game in all six years of this postseason format.

Most CFP/NY6 Years (Record)
6 – Ohio State (5-1)
5 – Clemson (4-2)
5 – Oklahoma (1-3)
5 – Alabama (6-2)
3 – Five teams
Alabama (4), Clemson (3) and Ohio State (1) have played in CFP Championship game(s).

Fiesta Bowl History

  • This will mark Ohio State’s ninth Fiesta Bowl appearance, the most of any bowl game other than the Rose Bowl.
  • The Buckeyes are 5-3 all-time in the Fiesta Bowl.
  • Including the BCS National Championship Game following the 2006 season, this will be Ohio State’s eighth appearances in Arizona over the last 17 years.

Series History vs. Clemson

  • Ohio State and Clemson are meeting in a bowl game for the third time in the last seven seasons and fourth time overall.
  • Clemson defeated Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl on January 3, 2014 and 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl/College Football Playoff semifinal on Dec. 31, 2016.
  • The other Ohio State/Clemson meeting came in the 1978 Gator Bowl, a 17-15 Clemson victory.

Scouting the Tigers

  • The Tigers have the nation’s No. 3-ranked total offense (547.7 yards/game) and No. 1-ranked total defense (244.7 yards/game).
  • Trevor Lawrence is No. 10 nationally in completion percentage (68.8) while throwing for 2,172 yards, 34 touchdowns and eight  interceptions.
  • Running back Travis Etienne ranks seventh nationally with 1,500 yards and leads the country with an 8.2 yards-per-carry average.
  • The Tigers’ 1-2 punch at wide receiver of Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins have combined for 107 catches, 1,824 yards and 21 touchdowns.
  • On defense, All-American and Butkus Award winner Isaiah Simmons was a Nagurski Award finalist who has a team-high 93 tackles and 14.0 tackles for loss.

Plenty of Postseason Honors

Ohio State was as well represented as any program during the college football awards circuit.

  • This year, six Buckeyes, including a program record four who attended the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta (pictured above), were finalists for major awards.
  • Chase Young won the Bednarik Award and was a finalist for the Maxwell Award. He also won the Nagerski Award, which was announced on Dec. 9.
  • Jeff Okudah was a Thorpe Award finalist and the first Ohio State cornerback to earn unanimous All-America honors, J.K. Dobbins was a Doak Walker Award finalist and Justin Fields was a Davey O’Brien Award finalist.
  • Additionally, Jordan Fuller was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Award and William V. Campbell Trophy and Liam McCullough was a finalist for the Patrick Mannelly Award (nation’s best long-snapper).

Two “Heismen” Finalists

  • Ohio State had two finalists for the Heisman Trophy – QB Justin Fields and DE Chase Young – and three that finished in
    the top six of the voting.
  • The last time one school had three of the top six vote-getters was also Ohio State, back in 1973.
  • Ohio State is the first team to have a finalist on both offense and defense.

THE NUMBERS SAY

99

J.K. Dobbins needs 99 yards to set Ohio State’s single-season rushing record. The mark is currently held by Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, who had 1,927 yards in the 1995 season.

48

K.J. Hill can tie Gary Williams for the program’s longest consecutive games streak with a catch at 48 games with a reception vs. Clemson.

7

Ohio State has allowed just seven passing touchdowns this season, which is tied with Kentucky for the fewest in the country. No team has thrown more than one touchdown pass in any single game this season.

633

The 633 points scored this year by Ohio State is the third most in program history and 39 behind the 2014 team’s single-season record.

23

The Buckeyes’ Fiesta Bowl roster will include 23 student-athletes who have earned their undergraduate degrees. Thirteen of them graduated at Ohio State’s autumn commencement.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Football Playoff Semi-Finals: Tonight at 8 pm, #3 Clemson takes on #2 Ohio State in battle of 13-0 teams (Buckeyes Game Notes)

State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona 2006 photo By Taken by Flickr user MCSixth, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson  •  Saturday, Dec. 28  •  8 p.m.  •  State Farm Stadium; Glendale, AZ

TV: ESPN • Play-by-Play: Chris Fowler • Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit • Sidelines: Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor

OHIO STATE AND CLEMSON MEET IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL


The programs with the nation’s two longest winning streaks meet with a berth in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on the line as Ohio State and Clemson do battle in this year’s PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Ohio State, Big Ten champions for the third straight year, bring in a 19-game winning streak while defending national champion Clemson has won 28 straight. Both teams have been impressive on both sides of the ball this year: the Buckeyes and Tigers are the only two teams that rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense, scoring defense, total offense and total defense.

The Buckeyes are in the College Football Playoff for the third time in the last six years while Clemson is making its fifth consecutive appearance.

KNOW THY OPPONENT


• Founded in 1889, Clemson is the second-largest university in student population in South Carolina. For the fall 2017 semester, the university enrolled a total of 19,402 undergraduate students and 4,985 graduate students.

• Thomas Green Clemson, the university’s founder, came to the foothills of South Carolina in 1838, when he married Anna Maria Calhoun, daughter of John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina statesman and seventh U.S. Vice President. Clemson died in 1888 and left most of his estate to establish what is now Clemson University.

• The Tiger paw became the official logo for Clemson University in 1970, in place of the previous tiger logo.

• In 1963, Clemson admitted its first African-American student, Harvey Gantt, who later was elected as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

• The Clemson Experimental Forest covers 17,500 acres and has nearly 50 miles of maintained roads and more than 100 miles of multi-use recreational trails.

GENERAL NOTES

• The Ohio State and Clemson programs have combined to rank among the Top 5 nationally in 21 major NCAA statistical rankings.

• Ohio State has allowed just seven passing touchdowns this season, which is tied with Kentucky for the fewest in the country. No team has thrown more than one touchdown pass in any single game this season.

• The Buckeyes’ Fiesta Bowl roster will include 23 student-athletes who have earned their undergraduate
degrees. Thirteen of them graduated at Ohio State’s autumn commencement.

• J.K. Dobbins needs 99 yards to set Ohio State’s single-season rushing record. The mark is currently held
by Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, who had 1,927 yards in the 1995 season.

• The 633 points scored this year by Ohio State is the third most in program history and 39 behind the 2014 team’s single-season record.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

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